Tara Lewis, Tennis Anyone, 2020

Tara Lewis, Tennis Anyone, 2020

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Tara Lewis, Tennis Anyone, 2020 

Oil on poly cotton

30 x 24 in

 

Tara Lewis creates paintings that dive into cultural anthropology with a pop twist.  Lewis creates large scale oil portraits of models wearing t-shirts, pageant sashes and other wearables designed and printed by the artist that center on evolving perceptions of youth, irreverence, beauty, identity, culture trends, empowerment, social issues and pop culture, often referring to past decades and pre-internet sources in refreshed and boldly mundane and relevant ways, depicting raw candor with generic props. Her models bring their own character and prop handling to the portrait session at her studio, which is a collaborative process.  Lewis' work is held in many major collections, including Amy & John Phelan and Beth Rudin DeWoody.  Lewis often presents new paintings at special events and project reveals at her studio in New York City. Lewis pursued her undergraduate art degree at the University of New Hampshire and graduate degree at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lewis is a direct descendant of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, one of her primary influences, who also infused typefaces and cultural portraiture into his celebrated and pivotal compositions.


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